Thursday, November 29, 2007

20 kilómetros de pistas, 365 días al año

La Pinilla y Madrid Snowzone ofrecen el primer abono de nieve indoor/outdoor conjunto de España.
La Estación de Esquí y Montaña de La Pinilla y la mayor pista cubierta de Europa y única de España, Madrid SnowZone, han llegado a un acuerdo de colaboración que, entre otros atractivos y ventajas, ofrece a esquiadores y snowboarders un abono de 365 días de nieve. Los aficionados a la nieve tienen, desde ahora, la posibilidad de esquiar y/o practicar snowboard durante los 365 días del año con un único pase de temporada.
Se podrá elegir el destino dependiendo incluso de las condiciones meteorológicas, de tal manera que si el tiempo no acompaña para la práctica de deportes de nieve outdoor, la estación de esquí cubierta única en España, Madrid SnowZone, permitirá a los deportistas seguir disfrutando de un día de nieve. Además, si se quiere disfrutar de la naturaleza en un día soleado La Pinilla ofrece el mejor producto de nieve del Sistema Central y todo el encanto del Valle de Riaza.
La Pinilla-Valle de Riaza y Madrid SnowZone conjuntamente representan la mejor opción para los amantes de la nieve y cuentan con la ventaja de estar ubicados en el mismo centro de España, a tan solo 45 minutos del Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup continues in North America

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup continues in North America at Beaver Creek and Lake Louise. Since Thursday, November 29, Beaver Creek hosts the Super Combined, Downhill, Super G and Giant Slalom Men events. During the weekend the ladies’ World Cup Tour continues in Canada. Lake Louise Village, Alberta, will host the Downhill and Super G races on Saturday-Sunday.
Located in Colorado, USA, Beaver Creek is owned and operated by Vail Resorts Management Company, one of the leading resort operators in North America. The Company owns and operates five ski resorts: Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone and Beaver Creek, located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and Heavenly, which is located on the Lake Tahoe area of California/Nevada. With abundant natural snow (average snowfall 790 cm), backed up by a modern snowmaking system (36 % of the marked runs), Beaver Creek guarantees skiing from early November to mid April. 148 trails (19% Beginner, 43% Intermediate, 38% Advanced) and a vertical drop of 1,233 metres. Reminiscent of a secluded European alpine village, Beaver Creek combines the luxury and refinement of a five-star resort with a relaxed, family atmosphere.
Located in Alberta, Canada, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America. With abundant natural snow (average snowfall 454 cm), backed up by Canada's largest snowmaking system (40% of the marked runs), Louise guarantees skiing from early November to mid May. 139 runs (25% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 30% Advanced) and a vertical drop of 991 metres, Lake Louise offer a wide opportunities for skiers from perfectly groomed beginner runs to double black diamonds rated "the best super steeps in the country" (Ski Canada Magazine). The Canadian Ski resort is one of the best options to enjoy magnificent scenery and stunning panoramas.

Vancouver 2010 introduced to the world mascots Miga, Quatchi and Sumi

More than 800 schoolchildren from grades three to five filled the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey, BC today to witness three enchanting characters emerge from the mists of a magical West Coast setting of gigantic trees, soaring mountains and a restless ocean, to take their place in history as cherished personalities of the 2010 Winter Games. Designed by the Vancouver-based company Meomi Design, Miga, Quatchi and Sumi were inspired by local Aboriginal mythological creatures and also strongly influenced by popular culture, modern animation styles, the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, the culture and wildlife of British Columbia and Canada, and the artists’ own imagination.

Miga is a snowboarding sea bear inspired by the legends of the Pacific Northwest First Nations – tales of orca whales that transform into bears when they arrive on land. Part Spirit Bear, a rare white bear unique to BC, Miga’s outgoing spirit and high energy draw her to action and adventure.

Quatchi, a shy and gentle giant, is a sasquatch – a popular figure in local Aboriginal legends of the Pacific West Coast. Quatchi reminds us of the mystery and wonder associated with the great Canadian wilderness. Although Quatchi loves all winter sports, he’s especially fond of hockey and dreams of becoming a world-famous goalie.

Sumi is an animal spirit who wears the hat of the orca whale, flies with the wings of the mighty thunderbird and runs on the furry legs of the black bear. With a name that is derived from the Salish word ‘sumesh,’ meaning guardian spirit,’ Sumi is passionate about the environment and is a fan of all Paralympic sports.

Source: VANOC. November 27, 2007. Vancouver, BC.
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup continues in Canada

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup continues at Lake Louise and Panorama in Canada. On Saturday, Lake Louise hosts the first downhill race and on Sunday it is time for the first super-G too. At the same time, the ladies’ World Cup tour will also continue in Canada this week. Panorama Mountain Village, British Columbia, will host the Giant Slalom and Slalom races on Saturday-Sunday.
Located in Alberta, Canada, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America. With abundant natural snow (average snowfall 454 cm), backed up by Canada's largest snowmaking system (40% of the marked runs), Louise guarantees skiing from early November to mid May. 139 runs (25% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 30% Advanced) and a vertical drop of 991 metres, Lake Louise offers wide opportunities for skiers from perfectly groomed beginner runs to double black diamonds rated "the best super steeps in the country" (Ski Canada Magazine). The Canadian Ski resort is one of the best options to enjoy magnificent scenery and stunning panoramas.

Located in the Canadian Rocky Mountain region, British Columbia, Panorama Mountain Village is owned and operated by Intrawest Corporation. With abundant natural snow (average snowfall 479 cm), backed up by a largest snowmaking system (40% of the marked runs), Panorama guarantees skiing from early November to late April. 120 runs (20% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 25% Advanced) and a vertical drop of 1,220 metres, with a long run of 5.5 km called Never Never Land in Bowl Taynton. Panorama Mountain Village offers an intimate community setting with cosy lodging; a pedestrian village with a variety of restaurants and après ski options, including the giant slope side Panorama Springs Hot Pools.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ambitious Indoor Skihouse in Iceland

The Icelandic Ski Federation, as part of its plans to develop skiing in the country, is preparing a very ambitious project known as the Ski House that would include a full-length World Cup level slalom slope indoors. The slope is planned to be built into a hill known as Úlfarsfell in the heart of the Reykjavik region. The hill allows for a vertical drop of 180 metres and a length of over 800 metres. Lift capacity is scheduled for over 4000 people every hour with variable slopes for both beginners and advanced skiers. Discussions are currently underway with the Reykjavik Municipality with opening planned in the autumn of 2010.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Reiteralm host the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom competitions scheduled in Levi (FIN) for this weekend had to be canceled due to poor snow conditions and unfavorable weather forecasts. The events have been re-scheduled at Reiteralm (AUT), with the ladies’ race taking place today, and the men’s on Sunday.
Last year, Reiteralm also stepped in to pick up races when FIS has forced to cancell the ladies’ and men’s Alpine events in St. Moritz (SUI) and Val d’Isère (FRA) scheduled for the weekend of 9th-10th December. Current conditions on Saturday morning are overcast and cold with snowshowers and 70 cm of powder snow.
The ski resort of Reiteralm is located about 45 minutes south of Salzburg and is part of the Schladming-Dachstein Holiday Region, the No. 1 winter region in all of Styria. The Schladming 4-Mountain Ski Area comprise the famous winter sports resorts of Haus im Ennstal, Schladming, Rohrmoos and Pichl/Reiteralm. The Schladming-Dachstein Region is a member of the Ski Amadé, Austria’s biggest ski alliance: one ski ticket for 5 ski regions with 860 km of slopes and 270 lifts.

Programme:

Saturday, 10.11.2007 - Ladies' SL. 1st run 10:00. 2nd run 13:00
Sunday, 11.11.2007 - Men's SL. 1st run 10:00. 2nd run 13:00

Sunday, November 4, 2007

In Memoriam



Hoy 6 de noviembre se cumple el primer aniversario de la muerte de Paquito Fernández Ochoa. El 13 de febrero de 1972 en Sapporo (Japón), en su segunda participación en unos Juegos Olímpicos, Paquito ganó la medalla de oro en la prueba de Slalom imponiéndose al gran favorito, el italiano Gustav Thoeni. Como homenaje disfrutemos de las imágenes de aquella inolvidable victoria.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Esquí y Montaña 2007

Desde hoy y hasta el próximo domingo 4 de noviembre se celebra en IFEMA Madrid una nueva edición, la número XXII, de Esquí y Montaña, Feria Nacional de la Nieve, la Montaña y de sus destinos turísticos. La feria supone para todos nosotros un momento especial que nos recuerda que nos encontramos a las puertas de una nueva temporada. Este año Esquí y Montaña se celebra conjuntamente con Expotural, la Feria Nacional del Turismo Rural, los Deportes de Naturaleza y la Aventura que ha retrasado sus fechas de celebración con respecto a años anteriores. Las dos ferias fueron presentadas el pasado lunes en un acto que contó con la presencia de Mariano Gutiérrez Terrón, presidente de la Asociación Turística de Estaciones de Esquí y Montaña (ATUDEM); José Luis del Valle, presidente del Comité de Promoción de ATUDEM; Sebastián Álvaro, director del programa de TVE Al Filo de lo Imposible y José Manuel Vilanova, director de Esquí y Montaña y Expotural.
El evento, promovido por la Asociación Turística de Estaciones de Esquí y Montaña (ATUDEM), reúne en Madrid a numerosas empresas relacionadas con el turismo de nieve y montaña y cuenta una vez más con una zona de venta de material deportivo. La principal novedad de la edición de este año es el “plan renove” en productos de esquí que consiste en cambiar unos esquís o una tabla de snowboard viejos por otros nuevos por un módico precio. Además, Esquí y Montaña acogerá la Copa de España de Escalada en un espectacular rocódromo. ATUDEM presentará a los visitantes las novedades proyectadas por las principales estaciones de esquí españolas para la presente temporada.
La inauguración de la Feria ha tenido lugar a las 12:30 cuando el Ministro de Turismo de Nepal, Honorable Sr. Gurung, ha cortado la cinta en la entrada principal del pabellón número 8. Sir Edmund Hillary, el primer hombre que alcanzó la cima del Everest (8.850 metros), presidente del comité de honor no ha podido asistir a la presentación por su delicado estado de salud, pero podemos ver un mensaje de apoyo enviado desde su hogar en Nueva Zelanda.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

IVth FIS Snowboard World Cup in Saas Fee

On the 1st and 2nd November 2007 the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup in half-pipe take place in the glacier village of Saas Fee, Valais (SUI). Snowboarders compete in the Allalin Freestyle Park, one of the most incredible half pipes in the world: 130-metre long with its steep 5.5 metre high walls at an incredible height of 3300 metres above sea level surrounded by a breathtaking panorama of glaciers and majestic four-thousand-metre peaks. Current conditions on Thursday morning are sunny weather, -3ºC and 113 cm of hard pack snow.
The qualification competitions are set for today, 1st November, with the semi-finals and finals on Friday, 2nd November. Nearly 100 riders from 19 nations are scheduled to show their best tricks to impress the judges who considers the height of jumps, the degree of difficulty, the landings and the general impression of the round.
Saas-Fee is the main village in the Saastal, one of the most scenically beautiful and diverse valleys in the Valais and in the Alps. This car-free village, nestling amongst glaciers and mountains, with their typical old Valais wooden houses create the perfect setting for winter holidays, deserving of its name “Pearl of the Alps”.

30-31.10.2007 Training Days
01.11.2007 World Cup Qualification
02.11.2007 World Cup Final